Working together for children: Stirling

1 Using the learning journal

Keeping a reflective journal (or learning journal) can help you while studying the material in this – or in fact any OpenLearn – unit.

A journal is a tool for self discovery, an aid to concentration, a mirror for the soul, a place to generate and capture ideas, a safety valve for the emotions, a training ground for the writer, and a good friend and confidant.

More details about using learning journals can be found in the Learning Journal Quick Start guide.

Activity 1

You should allow 0 hour(s), 15 minute(s).

If you were asked why you have chosen to study this unit, what would you reply?

Take some time to consider these questions and make some notes in your reflective journal.

You may already be familiar with keeping a reflective or learning diary or journal. A reflective journal can help embed your learning from the unit, and material you place here could be a really useful resource for future work. You may wish to make entries after every section, or perhaps more, or less, frequently. Occasionally you could ask yourself how your learning is affecting your work with children. You could also discuss the value of a reflective journal in the discussion forum associated with this unit.

Using a reflective tool, such as a journal, has been shown to help students think about not only what they are learning, but how they are learning. This may lead to adjustments to your learning patterns; it could also help you stay motivated throughout your study of this unit.